What should be in place before considering or starting a forum?

We hosted a discussion on Forum Strategy and explored some answers to questions.

This one was: What should be in place before considering or starting a forum?

  • An existing audience
  • Rules and code of conduct
  • A critical mass of people who would like to participate
  • Budget
  • A clear idea of discussions that should happen at the beginning
  • Ensuring it will solve a problem/need
  • Goal of the forum
  • Goals/a purpose
  • Experiment with discussion or ideas in other locations, to understand what people really care about

This is a wiki post, feel free to edit this list directly or add a comment. :blush:

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